USDA: Harvest in Northern & Eastern Corn Belt Slowed by Showers, Wind

October 14, 2011 03:19 AM

USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility says in the Corn Belt, lingering showers, wet fields, and gusty winds are hampering fieldwork, especially across northern and eastern portions of the region. "On October 9 in Ohio, the soybean harvest was 3% complete, compared to the five-year average of 38%," USDDA reports. It continues, "Similarly, only 5% of Ohio's winter wheat had been planted, compared to the five-year average of 41%."

In the West, USDA says warm, dry weather prevails, except for near-normal temperatures and isolated showers across the region's northern tier. "The cotton harvest is running slightly behind schedule in California and Arizona," USDA adds.

On the Plains, dry weather favors summer crop harvesting and winter wheat planting, USDA says. "Cool conditions across the northern half of the Plains contrast with warm weather in Oklahoma and Texas," USDA explains. The southern Plains' warmth, along with recent topsoil moisture improvements, favors wheat emergence, USDA says. "On October 9, only 7% of Texas' winter wheat had emerged, compared to the 5-year average of 35%," USDA adds.

"In the South, warm, dry weather favors a return to fieldwork, following recent rainfall," USDA says. A few showers linger, however, in the southern Mid-Atlantic region, according to USDA.

USDA's outlook says an intensifying storm currently centered over the Great Lakes region will drift northward, reaching the vicinity of Hudson Bay during the weekend. "Additional rainfall could reach 1 to 2 inches from the Great Lakes States into the Northeast," USDA reports. Windy conditions will prevail in the storm’s wake, particularly from the Midwest into the Northeast, USDA says. "During the early to middle portion of next week, another storm system—trailed by sharply colder air east of the Rockies—will produce widespread showers from the Midwest into the East," according to USDA's outlook. Most of the remainder of the U.S., especially from California to the lower Mississippi Valley, will remain dry into next week, USDA says.


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